Encanta Echo                           July 2020
Welcome to our July edition of the Encanta Echo.

Over the last month our team has been working on updating our policies and procedures to get our ‘house in order’,undertaking webinars and training on a range of topics related to business events.
 
Personally, it has been a challenging month, end of financial year and all the ups and downs that come with it, an emotional roller-coaster to say the least. However, our story is one of many like that out there for so many businesses in the events industry. It is sad that our sector is missed by many government departments and feel like we are passed around to have our voice heard and not sure who is listening. That being said when times are good, there is positive feedback regarding the events and how many visitors it brings, the economic impact to the city or just the knowledge exchange. There are many out there advocating for business events and our thanks to them for their tireless efforts.
 
As a proud West Australian owned business, we have been fortunate to have restrictions easing and recently hosted an industry event to bring our fellow PCOs and suppliers together in a safe setting to reconnect. It was a great turnout and I feel humbled by the many messages of thanks and hopefully it will not be too long before we can get together again.
 
Our East Coast team, anchored by Lexie Duncan unfortunately has needed to head back into lock-down. Our team is checking in regularly with the girls and encourage you all to drop the team an email or call as it is important we all stay connected and supported during this time.
 
In closing, the Encanta team are being encouraged to enjoy this downtime we are experiencing. For me personally I have travelled north from Perth to the coastal town of Kalbarri with the family. It has been a lovely break to hang out with the kids and hubby and enjoy some of the warmer weather and support our regional towns. We encourage all to plan a road trip in your state when the opportunity arises and support these towns reliant on tourism.
 
Enjoy our latest edition until next month.
 
xRenee
First drink's on us
With restrictions easing in WA, we invited our industry to have their first drink on us last Thursday at the @subihotel! It was fabulous being able to reconnect with our event friends, share stories and to have others understand the significant pain our industry is suffering after an unexpected start to the year. The comradery we felt in the room was filled with so much enthusiasm and we all need to be there to support each other and be an ear to those in need.

We hope it will not be too long before our next drink together.

Thank you to all who were able to join us!
Encanta loved a recent idea that has popped up on our LinkedIn feeds, so in support of this idea, we implemented colour coded wristbands and what better way to do this than to recycle our previous (unused) conference wristbands!
Staff news


We wish to congratulate Jade Riolo who has recently been appointed as our Director of Events, West Coast! The Melbourne and Perth teams look forward to continuing working with Jade in her new role and learn from her experience. 
Community Highlight
Our Melbourne team took a break from their home offices recently and experienced the Element Melbourne Richmond's current igloo activation. Thank you to Carla and Andrew for showing us your stylish accommodation and event spaces. We love seeing innovative and unique approaches companies are undertaking, in addition to the igloos Element Melbourne Richmond are hosting Hot Tub Movie screenings and have a few more tricks up their sleeve to be released over the coming months. We look forward to seeing how we can use this venue for our more intimate conferences in the future.
Networking with Nic
Most of you reading our newsletter are seasoned networkers and like me, love to have a chat. We are passionate about our industry so catching up with our industry colleagues to exchange ideas and discuss what is happening in our world is a key part of what we do. Even for experienced networkers, it can be a little nerve-racking walking into a room of unfamiliar people. The following are some of my tips and the rules I follow when networking:
1. Always make at least one new connection when attending an event. It is so easy to chat to the people you know and even though it is good to catch up and collaborate with known colleagues, we are all there for the same reason…to network and discuss business.

2. If attending an event that is unfamiliar or you are new to networking, take a colleague along to ease the initial nerves of meeting new people. If you are attending on your own and don’t know anyone, take the time to look around the room and choose who you are going to talk to, and then it is a simple as walking up and asking if you can join them. We have all been in the situation and it is very rare for people not to welcome you into their conversation.

3. People do business with people they like. Networking is about getting to know each other and is not the arena for a hard sell or information overload. Ask questions and learn about the person you are talking to and make sure to listen and remember those small things you learn.

4. Even in this digital age many people still like business cards, so don’t forget them.

5. Always send a follow-up email to your new contacts the next day and if suitable, suggest a time for a meeting to discuss the potential for future collaboration.

 
Remember to relax, smile and share your passion and I look forward to chatting to you all again over a drink soon!
Symposium Spotlight
The ANZFSS 24th International Symposium on the Forensic Sciences was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia from 9-13 September 2018. The theme of the Symposium for 2018 “Forensic Science Without Borders” brought together experts from a range of science disciplines and jurisdictions. The Symposium provided participants with an invaluable opportunity to share knowledge, develop ideas and network with colleagues from around the globe. The Symposium attracted over 700 delegates from a diverse international background as well as an engaging informative scientific program including 17 pre and post workshops.
Destination Woodend, VIC
Photo credit: Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association
Nestled amongst hills and wineries, Woodend is a beautiful part of the Victorian landscape, 50 minutes from Melbourne CBD. It is situated in one of Victoria’s well known spa regions. Senior Event Coordinator Priscilla Matters has family in Woodend and loves visiting for the weekend.

If you’re looking for a quick weekend getaway or even a day trip, to support our local tourism industry here are her top 5 things to do:
  1. Macedon Ranges Wine and Food Budburst Festival – Usually held annually in November, purchase tickets to visit as many wineries as you can (responsibly of course)! Not sure if it will proceed for 2020, however it’s definitely a must do if you love wine! I love that some of these wineries are not always open to the general public outside of the festival, so you get a sneak peek and often get the opportunity to meet the owners/producers. Bus tours or hop on, hop off services are also available, however book your tickets early to secure your place.
  2. Woodend Community Farmers’ Market – Held the first Saturday of each month, meander through the market aisles purchasing local produce including fruit & vegetables, honey, eggs, organic breads and preserves just to name a few. There’s also free facepainting and live music. The market is proudly plastic bag free – so bring your reusable bags!
  3. Coffee and food – is in abundance. My favourite is Bourkies Bakehouse for their sweet treats and fresh bread. Although biased, you must visit Fox in the Chamber for barista made coffee. Say hello to my cousin Nick while you’re there!
  4. Hanging Rock – Is a great place for bush walks starting from 30 minutes round trip. For the more adventurous, here are some unique ways to experience Hanging Rock. After your walk, ride or adventure, why not have a cuppa against the relaxing backdrop at the café. The Discovery Centre is currently closed due to COVID and visitor caps apply throughout the entire precinct. They recommend you call ahead before arriving.
  5. Holgate Brewhouse – For the craft beer enthusiasts, this is a must stop! The family owned and operated brewhouse, brews, bottles and kegs onsite. Expect modern Australian cuisine in the 19th century corner pub, just off the main street.
Recipe of the month
Director of Events - East Coast, Lexie Duncan has been busy getting back to basics cooking up her Chicken and Leek Pie perfect for the colder Melbourne nights.
Ingredients
 
2 cups (500ml) chicken stock
600g chicken breast fillets
1 tbsp olive oil
40g butter
2 leeks (500g total), thinly sliced
300g celery stalks, trimmed, finely chopped
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
1 cup (250ml) cream
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
2 sheets shortcrust pastry
1 sheet puff pastry
1 egg yolk
Method
  1. Bring stock to the boil in a medium saucepan. Add chicken; return to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked. Remove from heat and stand chicken in poaching liquid for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove chicken and chop coarsely. Reserve 1/3 cup of the poaching liquid; keep remainder for another use.
  3. In a medium saucepan, heat oil and butter; cook leek and celery, stirring, until leek softens. Add flour and thyme; cook, stirring, 1 minute. Gradually stir in reserved poaching liquid, milk and cream; cook, stirring, until mixture boils and thickens. Stir in chicken and mustard. Cool 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced). Oil a 1.5-litre (6-cup) ovenproof dish.
  5. Line base and side of dish with shortcrust pastry, trim to fit. Prick well all over with fork. Bake for 10 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Spoon chicken mixture into pastry case and place puff pastry over filling, trim to fit dish. Brush pastry with egg yolk; cut two small slits in top of pastry. Bake 20 minutes or until browned lightly.
That's all from us - cheers!
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